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Mekong flooding continues to disrupt roads

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A flooded stretch of National Road 4 is shown. ministry of water resources

Mekong flooding continues to disrupt roads

As flooding continues to take its toll on provinces along the Mekong River and beyond, traffic on a busy national road leading to the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk has been disrupted, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said.

Ministry spokesperson Chan Yutha told The Post on Sunday that the flood waters in Kampong Seila district would flow to the Stung Prek Tnout stream and inundate some communes.

“There’s flooding on National Road 4. Small cars can pass, but heavy vehicles are not allowed on the road for now,” he said.

He said floodwaters would recede if the rain stopped falling, but it would eventually flow to the Prek Tnort stream in Kampong Speu province and Stung Sla Ku in neighbouring Takeo. Some nearby communes in the latter might also be inundated, he said.

Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang told The Post on Sunday that rain precipitation of 180mm which has fallen since Saturday has caused flooding in communes near Phnom Sruoch district.

“Near National Road 4, flood waters have already receded but it seems to be flowing in the Phnom Sruoch district direction, inundating people’s houses and agricultural farms.

“We don’t have a report of total damages yet because the water has not receded completely,” he said.

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